Hello, my dear, and Merry Christmas!

I just love the holidays, don’t you?  It’s such a fun and festive time of celebration of all that is good in our lives, and I am so happy that I get to share these things with you!

But I also think it’s very important to take some down time during the holidays to reflect and really enjoy the people around you.

So, I am going to be closing shop for a few weeks and taking some time with my family – sans the laptop and other electronics.

I hope you’ll join me and spend some serious quality time with your loved ones as well.

Not to worry, I’ll be back on January 14 with fresh new workouts, recipes and makeup tips just for you!

In the meantime, I’d like to leave you with the following thoughts for this very special time of year.  I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions because I think they imply that you’ve knowingly been allowing yourself to do something that you know isn’t good for you, and that you must stop.  That’s such a negative implication.  I prefer to focus on reflection of the past year – both good and not so good – and planning for the upcoming year.

To that end, I’d like to invite you to think about three questions with me.  I use these to gauge how my year has been, and what I’m looking forward to in the coming year, as well as to really recognize and appreciate ALL that I have done throughout the year.  It’s really powerful to take a look back and see how far you’ve come and all you’ve accomplished in this fashion.  We get so caught up in the day to day minutia sometimes that it’s easy to forget how much those little daily things really add up.

Okay, so here are my questions.  Please take some time to really reflect on these, and I invite you to write down your answers.  There is something very powerful about writing it down so you can see it in plain sight.  Trust me, it won’t take but a few minutes and it will bring greater appreciation for all you’ve done this year.

**For the record, these are not my original questions.  I follow an amazing woman named Marie Forleo (marieforleo.com) and she introduced me to this practice.  These are her questions, but I felt compelled to share them with you because they are so powerful for me and I hope they are useful for you too.

  1. What did I do, create or experience this year that I’m really proud of?

For this question, think about everything you’ve done, no matter how big or small, that you are proud of.  This can be as simple as making it to work on time every day or as big building a new online business.  Really take ownership of the things you’ve accomplished and pat yourself on the back for doing a ton of super cool stuff this year!

  1. What mistakes did I make that taught me something? What lessons did I learn that I can leverage?

This question is a little bit tougher because it forces you to think about what may have been some crummy moments in the past year.  But we’re not looking at it that way – we’re looking to see what lessons we can learn and grow from here so that we can continue to improve in the coming year.

  1. What am I willing to let go of?

This one is a little different than the first two, in that it’s more of a forward-thinking question.  What in your past year has given you stress or heartbreak that you can, in the coming year, give up?  Do you need to give up on self-loathing for yet another failed diet attempt?  What about forgiving someone that you’ve been holding a grudge against for way too long?  These are toxic, and if you can give up all that negativity, it opens up so much room in your life for amazing things to start happening for you.  So really think about this one, and what you can give up in your life to make room for more awesome.

Marie ends there, but I wanted to give you one last bonus question.

BONUS:  What are you super excited to do, experience or create this coming year? 

I think it’s super important to not only reflect, but to look forward at the amazing things you want to do in the upcoming year.  It could be anything from planning a vacation to starting that side business you’ve always wanted to buying a new home.  Whatever it is, take some time to think about the things that have you really excited for the upcoming year.  Write them down, and when we get back together in January, I’ll give you some fabulous tips for making those things a reality.

I want you to know how grateful I am for you.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read my posts each week, and for supporting me in this little venture.  You really are amazing and I hope you have the BEST holiday season!!

See you in the new year!